Title: Retired Educator
Location: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Connie G. Rickman, Retired Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in teaching.
Fueled by a passion for education, Ms. Rickman has dedicated more than six decades to the field. She started as a teacher in the Gregory Public School District, and proceeded to become a fifth and sixth grade teacher at Elmira Heights School District and a teacher in the DuPont-Ft. Lewis School District. After a three-year stint as a teacher in Germany, she returned to the U.S. as a teacher in the Xenia School District. Then, from 1969 to 1997, Ms. Rickman served as the high school principal, vice principal, student suspensions hearing officer, and vocational counselor for District Ten within Tacoma Public Schools. Although she has since left the classroom, she remains involved as the co-chair of the Planning Centennial Committee of Lincoln High School, the co-chairman of State School Retired Yearly, the founding president of the Blue Light Coalition, an organizer of the Help a Student Fund of the Tacoma Education Association at Tacoma Public Schools, and the chair, delegate, and liaison of the National Retired Teachers Association.
One of the highlights of Ms. Rickman’s career was founding an advisor/advisee program in which groups of 15 students became part of an advisory group led by trained staff to address ideas and concerns regarding the school. The initiative showed the kids that they had power and that they could make a difference, which was a wonderful experience. In recognition of her hard work and dedication, Ms. Rickman has been honored with the Outstanding Educator Award by the Washington State PTA since 2011 and the PCSRA Yearly Legislative Breakfast RSV Chair Award from the Tacoma Principals Association since 1973. She also won the Certificate of Appreciation Award from Safe Streets, the Department Plaque of Distinction Award from the County Sheriff, the Washington State Award from the Tobacco and Substance Abuse Prevention Program, and the Inspirational Award from the Washington State Branch of AAUW, among other accolades. Her professional designations include a Master of Education from Central State University, a Bachelor of Science in education from Texas Woman’s University, and certification in secondary administration through the state of Washington.
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